I'm finally writing a review of my new tester shoes - Brooks Pure Drift. They are coming out in January next year. I've had them for about 3 weeks now and have worn them quite a bit. I have to say, when I first received them and opened up the box, I was so happy to see the color combo! Most of my athletic shoes are bright colored, and I've been wanting a black pair for a while. And my wish came true! I love the hot pink and white accent colors as well. Another plus - they come with 2 different colored laces! The white ones are shown here in my photos, but they also came with a hot pink pair which is very cute too.
Aside from the look, they are very nice and comfortable too! I never had any aches or blisters from day one of wearing them. They are very lightweight, like all minimalist shoes. The material is soft and stretchy. I find that these shoes give you a lot of room around the toe area. But they hug your feet really well around the in step because of the nav band. It is quite nice, because I can stretch out my toes without my feet sliding around!
They also come with a slightly elevated heel that works comfortably with the natural strike. The sole is quite cushiony, and provides a bit of bounce. They are not quite zero drop, but you can remove the sock liner and they will be! I haven't tried that. Honestly, I can't tell much difference between say zero drop and 3 mm drop. So whatever.
The only thing that I thought was a bit strange with these shoes whenever I put them on is that I immediately feel like the outer sole of each foot is elevated more so than my other shoes. But after about 2 minutes, that feeling disappears and I feel completely comfortable in them. I haven't felt any pain or aching after wearing them, so I'm sure it's not a big deal.
I actually have been grabbing these shoes a lot lately. So they are quickly becoming one of my go-to pairs of running shoes!